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3 Day West Coast Gold Rush Independent Cycle

131 kms Cycling over 3 Days

Days
3

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$695

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Overview

Our 3 day West Coast Gold Rush independent cycle trip from Hokitika to Greymouth in New Zealand is ideal for strong bike riders seeking to put the ride under their wheels or those taking a long weekend.

On your adventure you will discover historic gold-mining towns, wild native bush and rugged coastlines, all whilst taking in awe-inspiring vistas of the Southern Alps.

E-bike Upgrade

Explore the West Coast Wilderness Trail on our E-bikes equipped with the most advanced technology allowing smooth electric motor operation so you’ll have power boost when needed. Enjoy the ride from a comfortable upright riding position.

Scenic Waterways Experience (Superior Level)

Discover Lake Mahinapua’s remote wilderness location on a West Coast Scenic Waterways tour, a family-run operation that takes you on a boat cruise on the lake for a wonderful stay in a self-contained cottage where you take in grand views of the Southern Alps and enjoy on-site dining. On our West Coast Gold Rush superior package, experience the Scenic Waterways on the first night. 

TranzAlpine Scenic Train Ride

Witness awe-inspiring scenery unfold in your journey between Christchurch and Greymouth as you traverse the mountainous backbone of New Zealand’s South Island. Sit back, relax and soak up the breathtaking and ever shifting landscapes along the way.

From Christchurch, the train leaves at 8.15AM and arrives at Greymouth at 1.05PM.

From Greymouth, the train leaves at 2.05PM and arrives at Christchurch at 6.31PM.

4 Day Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

Royal Hotel, Kumara

Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

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 Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle, new zealand

TranzAlpine Scenic Train

 Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

 Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

 Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

 Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

 Winter Wilderness Independent Cycle

Itinerary

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Day 1Cycle Ross to Hokitika33 km

Your trip starts from the town of Hokitika, considered the hub of the Wilderness Trail, a short flight or three-hour drive from Christchurch. 

Meeting at our Hokitika depot, you will receive a trip briefing before being transferred to the historic gold mining village of Ross to start your first day on the trail. If you have time, you may want to try your hand at some gold panning before you set off on your ride.

From Ross, you will cycle over the Totara River, and along the old Ross Ruatapu Railway line, taking in incredible views of the mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.

You will then cycle through wetlands and native bush before giving your bike a rest at the Treetop Walk. Here, you experience native forest, birdsong and views of Lake Mahinapua from the heights of the tree canopy.

Accommodation tonight is either at Scenic Waterways (approx. 5km south of Hokitika) or in the township itself.* 

*Dependent upon your choice of package and availability at the time of booking.

Day 2Cycle Hokitika to Kumara70 km

After organising your own lunch from one of the local cafes or supermarkets, your longest day of cycling departs the Hokitika township via a riverside trail through the suburbs. This is quickly followed by three stunning, single-track sections through beautiful native bush eventually taking you to the shores of Lake Kaniere. From here you will continue on the cycle trail and ride the gentle zigzags up through Milltown.

Descending into the Arahua Valley, the trail then takes you through pristine bushland taking in the stunning views of the creek below as you cycle across the Macpherson Swing Bridge.

The Southern Alps make a welcome appearance today so take the time to snap some photos.  This is the West Coast at its best: native bush, mountains, and nature. Enjoy!

A smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail take you alongside the Kawhaka Canal and through the historic goldfield links of Stafford and Goldsborough, before finally making your way into Kumara.

Stay the night in accommodation that pays homage to the height of the Kumara gold mining boom of the 1870’s, New Zealand’s last big gold rush of the 19th century.

Day 3Cycle Kumara to Greymouth28 km

Hop on your bikes and head to the coast! The last ride of the trip rewards you with flawless views of the Taramakau River before making the journey to the Tasman Sea alongside coastal sand dunes and lagoons.

One last ride along the Grey River will take you into Greymouth, just in time for a celebratory lunch at the Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth (optional).

Finish in Greymouth.

(The TranzAlpine Train is a great way to get back to Christchurch if you are heading that way.)

Cost per Person

October 2022 - May 2023

  • Standard Accommodation: NZ$695
  • Superior Accommodation: NZ$885

Extras

  • E-bike upgrade: NZ$159

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Cycle Ross to Hokitika33 km

Your trip starts from the town of Hokitika, considered the hub of the Wilderness Trail, a short flight or three-hour drive from Christchurch. 

Meeting at our Hokitika depot, you will receive a trip briefing before being transferred to the historic gold mining village of Ross to start your first day on the trail. If you have time, you may want to try your hand at some gold panning before you set off on your ride.

From Ross, you will cycle over the Totara River, and along the old Ross Ruatapu Railway line, taking in incredible views of the mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.

You will then cycle through wetlands and native bush before giving your bike a rest at the Treetop Walk. Here, you experience native forest, birdsong and views of Lake Mahinapua from the heights of the tree canopy.

Accommodation tonight is either at Scenic Waterways (approx. 5km south of Hokitika) or in the township itself.* 

*Dependent upon your choice of package and availability at the time of booking.

Day 2Cycle Hokitika to Kumara70 km

After organising your own lunch from one of the local cafes or supermarkets, your longest day of cycling departs the Hokitika township via a riverside trail through the suburbs. This is quickly followed by three stunning, single-track sections through beautiful native bush eventually taking you to the shores of Lake Kaniere. From here you will continue on the cycle trail and ride the gentle zigzags up through Milltown.

Descending into the Arahua Valley, the trail then takes you through pristine bushland taking in the stunning views of the creek below as you cycle across the Macpherson Swing Bridge.

The Southern Alps make a welcome appearance today so take the time to snap some photos.  This is the West Coast at its best: native bush, mountains, and nature. Enjoy!

A smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail take you alongside the Kawhaka Canal and through the historic goldfield links of Stafford and Goldsborough, before finally making your way into Kumara.

Stay the night in accommodation that pays homage to the height of the Kumara gold mining boom of the 1870’s, New Zealand’s last big gold rush of the 19th century.

Day 3Cycle Kumara to Greymouth28 km

Hop on your bikes and head to the coast! The last ride of the trip rewards you with flawless views of the Taramakau River before making the journey to the Tasman Sea alongside coastal sand dunes and lagoons.

One last ride along the Grey River will take you into Greymouth, just in time for a celebratory lunch at the Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth (optional).

Finish in Greymouth.

(The TranzAlpine Train is a great way to get back to Christchurch if you are heading that way.)

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